Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The 2018/2019 season

League News

At the finals of Israel Netball's 10th league season, we had the pleasure of watching a cracker of game between Jerusalem Mercaz and Tel Aviv! Jerusalem were leading by 3-4 goals at the end of the first three quarters, but Tel Aviv came back with renewed energy in the final quarter scoring 13 goals to Jerusalem's 8 to snatch the gold medal!

Ra'anana's young team took an early lead in the match against Givat Washington (who were missing several of their key players) and went on to win the bronze medal with a score of 59-26. 

Roni Schneid (Kfar Etzion) was awarded Most Improved Player, Racheli Komar Aziz (Roni's coach) received the Sportsmanship award and Rhiannon Humphreys (Tel Aviv) received the MVP award.

Looking forward to our 11th season.....

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June 2019

NE Open Challenge 2019

For the fourth consecutive year our national team participated in the Netball Europe Open Challenge that took place for the first time in the Isle of Man over the weekend of 9-12 May.

We played our first match of the tournament on Israel's 71st Independence Day against the Emirates and later that day against the host country. On Friday the 10th we came up against Ireland and Gibraltar and on Sunday the 12th against Cayman Islands. In the last match our opponents were the UK Armed Forces who were the overall winners of the tournament.

In the match against Ireland, who in the past have been gold medal winners, we held them to 11-12 in the first quarter, a phenomenal achievement! Although we did not win any of our matches, Coach Shan Berman and our girls made us all proud and we were complimented by everyone on the huge improvement in our play.

All 21 matches were LIVESTREAMED so you can still see all the action on NE YouTube!

May 2019

Netball Training Camp in London

Israel Netball announced a new collaboration with Nat Kantor's Netball Club in North London and together with Maccabi GB helped organise a 4-day netball training camp that took place over the weekend of 7-11 February. This was the first time a trip like this had been offered and was an amazing opportunity for our young netballers to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience, improve their netball skills and meet other Jewish netball players.

The girls were hosted by local families and on the Friday were warmly welcomed at the prestigious Jewish Free School where they were coached and later played against teams from several different classes. On Saturday evening they were taken to watch a Superleague match at the Copper Box and now they know what level they should aspire to! From 10.30 on Sunday morning until about 3.30 in the afternoon they played against several of Nat's teams and for the first hour or so experienced what it's like to play on a cold and wet outdoor court in winter! Luckily they were able to move inside afterwards. There is no question that they learned a lot and it was a pleasure to watch the improvement in their play. 

Thanks to Nat, Jess, Neil, Robyn, Carol and especially to our young coaches Nomi Komar, Keren Gordon and Ilanit Lieberman for making this happen.

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Youth Maccabiah Summer 2018

In celebration of 70 years of Israel's independence, a Youth Maccabiah was held in Haifa at the end of July. For Israel Netball this was a great opportunity to encourage and develop our junior players and we sent two teams of 14-16 year olds to the event. Nomi Komar was responsible for training the Gush Etzion/Modi'in team (Israel 1) and the Ra'anana team (Israel 2) was coached by Keren Gordon.

We were delighted to welcome two GB teams to the event as well as two B award umpires Sarah Browne and Emily Drake who, together with our umpires Shan Berman, Lexi Schapiro and Nat Zilber, officiated at the event.

From the outset there was no doubt that the GB teams would easily outplay the Israelis but the Israeli girls held their own and as the tournament progressed the improvement in their play was a delight to watch.

GB2 took the gold medal in a closely fought match against GB1 who lost by only one goal (41-42) after having been down by 5 goals (30-35) at the end of the third quarter. The bronze medal match was no less exciting with Israel 1 beating Israel 2 by two goals (27-25).

Huge thanks are due to all the participants but especially to our two organisers Robyn Ginsberg and Tal Segev without whom the event would not have taken place.

July 2018

Tel Aviv wins gold at the 2017/2018 league final!

During the year and up until the last week of games it was anyone's guess as to which of the top four  - Jerusalem Mercaz, Jtown, Ra'anana and Tel Aviv - of the seven teams would take gold at the end of our ninth league season! Because Ra'anana beat Jtown by 38-36 in a hotly contested match, they took on Tel Aviv in the final while Jtown faced Jerusalem Mercaz for the bronze medal.

Jtown took an early lead against Jerusalem Mercaz which they maintained throughout the match and went on to win the bronze medal.

Tel Aviv was winning in the first two quarters but Ra'anana came back very strongly in the third quarter and the score was a 21-21 tie at the end of it. But the Tel Aviv players proved to be stronger than their opponents scoring 12 goals in the last quarter to Ra'anana's 3.

The results were:

Tel Aviv (Gold) 33 vs Ra'anana (Silver) 24

Jtown (Bronze) 65 vs Jerusalem Mercaz 43

MVP was awarded to Atara Hagai of the new Givat Washington team, the Most Improved Player was Limor Reiz of Jtown and Keren Gordon, captain of the Ra'anana team, received the Sportsmanship award.

June 2018

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